April 2009

April 28th

Scientists at Oregon State University and China's Peking University plan to use part of a $12.4 million grant to study the impact that the burning of fuels like coal and biomass as well as the smoking of meat may have on the health of Chinese and U.S. residents. The research will help determine the cancer-causing potential of certain air masses and where they came from. Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the work will focus on air pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Scientists will collect air samples from Beijing, China; Okinawa, Japan; Portland, Ore.; Oregon's Clackamas County; Mount Bachelor; and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

April 27th

Oregon State University has launched research to study the factors that influence dairy cows' comfort level. To do this, the OSU dairy center is using an Israeli-made ankle bracelet that senses when a cow is lying down by determining the angle of her leg to the ground. The device, which is made by SAE Afikim, also works as a pedometer that can help detect when a cow is in heat.

April 8th

Laurent Deluc’s work will be aimed at improving the quality and performance of grape vines and enhancing both grape and wine quality. Trained in France, Deluc is an expert in how genetics influence development of grape quality and how grape plants respond to environmental stresses.

April 1st

The Oregon State University Extension Service and Portland State University are teaching six-graders at Lane Middle School in Portland how to grow food at a nearby garden. Taught by PSU graduate students, the children spend 1 ½ hours a week at the Learning Gardens Laboratory, which is across the street from their school. Topics include how to design a garden, grow and identify plants and make compost.